About four years ago our daughter decided to build a house on the farm and it’s coming along but not fast enough to suit her and us. It’s going to be a beautiful home and we can’t wait until it’s completed.
She decided to pay as you go instead of having a mortgage for the rest of their lives. She is lucky in the fact that her husband is a mason and has done the ground work of the house and she paid his workers for their part of the construction. The best part of doing things this way seems to be making sure each step of the build is done correctly. Her biggest headache has been listening to the many “advice givers”, deciding what step is next and trying to find contractors that really take PRIDE in their work. In this day and time when jobs and housing are at their lowest, you would think that contractors would do their best work and hope to get referrals from those they work for. My daughter has met the cream of the crop when it comes to “men dealing with a woman” and most of them trying to get away with a fast job and a quick buck. What they didn’t know and found out quick is that this “woman” knows the right people in so many contractor works of life and isn’t afraid to challenge anyone when it comes to working for HER money. She is not afraid to speak her mind and when something doesn’t look right she’s quick to find out why. I admire her tenacity and strong will to fight for what is right especially when it comes to a field she’s not totally familiar with. She is not afraid to research the correct way to do things and she’s not afraid to fight for what is right. She expects to get the same quality of work as she would give in her job. She is deeply versed in the old saying “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right”. Anyway, I digress yet again, the house is coming along and it will be wonderful having her and her family within walking distance of our house and yet far enough away that she’ll have the privacy she enjoys and respects. By the time the house is completed she’ll be able to write a book on the do’s and don’ts of building your home.
She has dealt with bad roofers, guttering professionals that weren’t professional, contractors that don’t know what soffits are and men that don’t know what winds we have in our area and reasoning of why she wants things done in a certain way (especially if they think she is wrong).
Anyway, the next stop is the porches and garage floor poured and the garage door put in. This will seal up the house to keep the birds and varmints out. She has a long way to go but hopefully before that granddaughter of mine finishes high school (this is her first year in high school) they’ll be in their “new” home .
My daughter has a lot more men to deal with in the next few years when it comes to this house but I think she has decided that she is going to look at their previous work before taking any more bids and before she let’s them have anymore to do with the construction. Her husband’s grandfather was a master builder/contractor and I think it might be a good idea to have him take a look at what’s been done and give her a list of what SHOULD come next and maybe even have him supervise the construction from now on. He’s a wonderful man!!
I think the values of workers has changed a lot since I was growing up and raising our family. So many people, old and young alike, feel that the world owes them something and the value of hard work is, in most part, a thing of the past. Our world is changing and not for the better. I know that God will work his miracles and help her through this part of her life. HE never gives us more than we can handle!!